Saturday, June 15, 2013


June 15, 2013


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we celebrate our 65th birthday.  I was born 65 years ago this afternoon, Tuesday, June 15, 1948 at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital here in Knoxville.

In today's post I will reflect on the year 1948 in reference to John F. Kennedy.

On January 15 Congressman John F. Kennedy of the 11th District of Massachusetts suggested a plan to reduce the rates of airmail for printed materials so that American publications could be shipped more economically around the world.

On February 8 JFK spoke at a dinner held at the Francis of Assisi Church in East Cambridge, MASS.  The Congressman discussed the failure to implement veteran's housing via the proposed Federal Housing Bill.  JFK partially blamed veterans themselves who had failed to demonstrate their interest by contacting their own legislators.

On February 29, Associated Press named Congressman John F. Kennedy as one of the "Most Eligible Bachelors" in America.  When asked about the honor, JFK said that he still had 10 months left to do something about that.

On May 13, JFK's sister, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, a.k.a. Lady Hartington, was killed in a plane crash in Southern France.  Five days later a Memorial High Mass was held at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis Port and on May 20 the funeral service was held at the Immaculate Conception Church in London.  Kick was buried in Chatsworth.

On June 10, JFK's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, graduated from Harvard University.

On June 24, JFK departed by ship for England where he would settle Kick's estate.

On July 20, JFK filed the necessary papers for nomination to a 2nd term in Congress.

On September 14, JFK won the Democratic nomination for the 11th Congressional seat unopposed and 2 days later, RFK enrolled in law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

On November 2, Harry S Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey in an upset giving him a full term on his own as President beginning January 20, 1949.

Also on election day, Congressman John F. Kennedy was re-elected to Congress by a vote of 106,366 to 2.  The day also saw JFK's 85 year old grandfather, John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald chosen as an at-large member of the Massachusetts Democratic Electoral College.

On December 13, the national Electoral College made Truman's election official.


"The Kennedys: A Chronological History, 1823-Present," by Harvey Rachlin, World Almanac, 1986.


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) David Anthony Kennedy, the 4th child of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, was born on June 15, 1955 here in the Nation's Capital.

Just before his 13th birthday, David was rescued by his father from an undertow off Malibu Beach, California.  This was on June 4, 1968, the day RFK won the California Primary.

On the following morning, David's father was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  The death of RFK on June 6, 1968 had a serious impact on David.

David Kennedy was enrolled 2 years at Harvard where he majored in American history but dropped out to pursue a career in journalism.

After a Jeep accident in 1973, David developed an addiction to pain killers and was found dead in Palm Beach, Florida on April 25, 1984. He was 28 years old.

The New York Times reported later that 3 drugs were found in David's body: Cocaine, Demerol and Mellaril.

David Kennedy was buried in Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts.


"3 Drugs are blamed in David Kennedy Case," by Reginald Stuart, May 17, 1984,